Thursday, May 30, 2024

Anti-Discrimination NSW launches new workplace podcasts

To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day today, the State’s anti-discrimination authority,
Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW) has released four new podcasts as part of its Workplace Adjustments Series.

The podcasts detail the personal experiences of four NSW Department of Communities and Justice staff with disability – Berindah Aicken, Rita Cottrell, Jacquie Duncan and Dwayne Fernandes – and highlight how workplace adjustments can be life-changing for people with disability.

President of ADNSW, Helen McKenzie said the Workplace Adjustments Series supports work being done by the NSW Public Service Commission and NSW Government to improve workplace adjustment policies and practices.

“One-in-5 Australians has a disability, and the proportion is increasing as our population ages,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and things that they need to perform at their best. Many workplace adjustments can be implemented easily and with little or no cost.

“A common theme in all the podcasts is that respect, communication and flexibility are key. Effective managers play a vital role, as does appropriate training. It’s about working together, talking to people about their needs, and understanding that flexibility may be required,” she said.

“If you need adjustments at work, you should speak to your manager or employer. The NSW Public Service Commission website offers useful information and resources, and many government departments have a Disability Employee Network (DEN) that can advise, advocate and support.”

The new podcasts can be accessed via https://antidiscrimination.nsw.gov.au/anti-discrimination-nsw/tools-and-resources/workplace-adjustments-series.html

If you have issues accessing workplace adjustments or experience disability discrimination at work, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW on 1800 670 812 for free, confidential information.

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